Does WoW get easier as you level up?
Due to my mid-level crisis, I’ve been trying out a lot of alts recently – I’ve now got a level 22 Shaman and a low level Mage. After leveling up a Priest, I’ve found both classes easier in comparison although certain situations still present difficulties and I’m not immortal by any means. Killing mobs and completing quests still poses risks and challenges and there’s still a considerable amount of downtime.
However, the other day I decide to jump back onto my level 66 Warrior for a bit and I was absolutely amazed at how quick and painless everything was. I could fight and drop mobs continually without any breaks and I could easily wander into a group of mobs and take them down without any fear whatsoever. It blew my mind – I had forgotten how pain-free life was. No wonder I found leveling up a low level Priest difficult.
Shouldn’t things be the other way round though? Shouldn’t the low levels be quick and painless with a care-free feeling instead of a struggle? Maybe it’s the classes I’m picking but low levels seem to be a grind with constant periods of downtime to recharge health and mana whilst high levels seem to be continual slaughter without any worries.
The most ironic thing I’ve found is that gaining a level when you’re 25 takes exactly the same amount of time as when you’re 58. In fact, it probably takes longer. This certainly has something to do with the fact that the quests in Outland are denser and more evenly staggered (it drives me nuts doing 5 quests in Azeroth and then having to find another zone to go to because the rest there are too high) but also definitely has something to do with the fact that classes just get plain more powerful and easier at higher levels.
Maybe Blizzard want people to feel an increased sense of power as they level and the perception that they are stronger and can kill things faster. Ultimately it just all seems a little odd… like the level 1-60 game is just a prelude to the real action.